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Former Chelsea assistant coach Ray Wilkins has revealed his unhappiness with Cesc Fabregas not having enough game time and has advised Antonio Conte that the Spaniard who turned 30 today will be a useful player for the Blues in the Champions League next season.

He told Premier League Daily: “You’ll be playing in the Champions League next year and you need that craft, you need that experience of someone like Cesc.

“I can understand Antonio’s selection when he picks (Nemanja) Matic and (N’Golo) Kante in front of a back five.

“But with Cesc, it’s just job satisfaction and he loves to play football. You can see that when he plays. He’s always trying to get on the ball.

“It’s not a money issue – he just wants to play. He will get that opportunity next year, I just hope he has the patience.

“For Chelsea to progress to the latter stages of competitions next year, they’re going to need the guile and craft I feel only he possesses at Chelsea. You can’t let him go.”

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